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Ukraine concerned over Czech MPs visiting Crimea

Kyiv reserves the right to impose sanctions against foreign citizens who rudely violate the rules of entry to the occupied territory of Ukraine
13:19, 30 July 2018

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The Ukrainian Embassy in the Czech Republic is outraged due to Czech MPs visiting the Russian-annexed Crimea. This is mentioned in the official statement recently released by the Embassy

The authority 'decisively protests' against the illegal visit of Czech MEP Jaromir Koglicek and the Czech Senator Jaroslav Doubrava to Crimea, which is considered a temporarily occupied part of Ukraine.

The embassy reminded that the UN General Assembly passed the respective resolution (№.68/262 from March 27, 2014), in which it confirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and urges the member countries to avoid any actions, which may be interpreted as the change of status of Ukraine's Crimea. 

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The authority added that those who visit the occupied peninsula are a tool in the Kremlin's hands. 'By hiding behind these 'visits', the Kremlin will keep on with the repressions, arrests, tortures and murders of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea - unfettered'. 

Kyiv reserves the right to impose sanctions against 'foreign citizens who rudely and systematically violate the rules of entry to the occupied territory of Ukraine', the Embassy stressed.

Koglicek and Doubrava, the Czech Communists, have previously visited the occupied Crimea; last April, they joined the business forum in Yalta.

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